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Telescoping Trumpet (Rkang Gling), Tibet, Late 18th/Early 19th Century

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NMM 7319.  Thighbone trumpet, Tibet, late 18th/early19th century.  Left side.

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NMM 7319.  Telescoping trumpet (rkang gling), Tibet, late 18th/early 19th century. Two-section, collapsible horn with stylized sea dragon (makara) bell opening. Constructed entirely of silver, with interwoven foliage design. Very narrow passage at mouthpiece, along with unusual telescoping configuration and attention to detail, suggests that this instrument was not meant to be played, but was a presentation piece for a dignitary or, perhaps, for placement in the hands of a temple deity. Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999.

Decorative Details on Cuff and Joint

Ornamentation on cuff
Ornamentation on joint



Shallow-cup, silver mouthpiece mounted directly to tubing; extremely narrow bore between the mouthpiece and the instrument proper.

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